How to install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04

If you want to take screenshots on Ubuntu, and want to annotate them with text, arrows, call outs, and other icons, you’re going to love Flameshot. Flameshot is a free, Powerful yet simple to use open-source application to take screenshots with many built-in features to save your time. It’s an cross-platform tool available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS.

This snaptastic app is rammed full of features but all are within easy reach. Simply select a region of the screen to want to capture, add some markup, highlights, or obscure some sensitive data, then hit the Enter key to take the snap. Flameshot allows users to simply upload their screenshots directly to the cloud in order to easily share it with others.

You can Customize the interface color, button selection, keyboard shortcuts, how images are saved, and more with Flameshot’s accessible configuration dialog.Flameshot has several commands you can use in the terminal without launching the GUI via a command line interface. The command line interface lets you script Flameshot and use it as the subject of key binds.

Key Features of Flameshot

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Cross-Platform application: Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Simple & intuitive
  • Supports both graphical and CLI(Command Line Interface) mode
  • Image uploads to Imgur
  • Easy to use and customizable
  • Edit images instantly
  • Export and import configuration

This article explains three methods of installing Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Flameshot as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Flameshot. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Flameshot package.

$ sudo snap install flameshot

At this step, you have successfully installed Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Flameshot” and install the application.

Type the following command to update Flameshot package.

$ sudo snap refresh flameshot

Method 2: Installing Flameshot from Ubuntu apt repository

Flameshot is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the Flameshot package.

$ sudo apt install flameshot

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install flameshot

That’s It.

Method 3: Installing Flameshot using deb package

Installing Flameshot on Ubuntu is honestly straightforward. We’ll download and install the Flameshot .deb package from the Github.

Step #1

Type the following command to download the latest .deb package using wget command.

$ wget

You can also visit the Website to download the .deb package.

The downloaded file name would be something like: flameshot-11.0.0-1.ubuntu-20.04.amd64.deb.

Note: When you download or install this package in future, the application version or download URL may be different. Hence always download the latest available package by visiting the Website.

Step #2

Now type the following command to install the downloaded package.

$ sudo dpkg -i flameshot-11.0.0-1.ubuntu-20.04.amd64.deb

You can update the Flameshot package through your desktop standard Software Update tool or by running the following commands in your terminal.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

That’s it, Flameshot has been installed on your Ubuntu System, and you can start using it.

Starting Flameshot

Flameshot can be launched from the command line by typing flameshot or In the Activities search bar type “Flameshot” and click on the icon.

Flameshot User Interface:

How to Uninstall Flameshot from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Flameshot, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Flameshot via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove flameshot

Method #2

If you have installed the appication via .deb package or from default ubuntu apt respository then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove flameshot


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Flameshot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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